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Yakima Youth Symphony Performs Halloween Concert and Helps Those in Need

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YAKIMA, Wash. -

It's a few hours before showtime, but the Yakima youth symphony is ready...

"I wanted to find a way to provide a Halloween musical type of event for Yakima. That's the birth of the Halloween concert here with the Yakima youth symphony." says symphony director Bruce Walker

For 50 years, the symphony has provided music education for the kids of Yakima. Donations are what fuels most of their budget. String ensemble director Christi Baisinger believes the symphony must do everything it can to help students with a passion for music.

"We don't like to turn anybody away... And if they're capable of playing in this group, we try to help them pay for it because it does pay for the music and the facilities we use."

But at this years Halloween concert, they're the ones giving back...

"We're trying to make it very community oriented. This year, we're accepting canned foods. Also this year, we're adding winter gloves and hats and scarves for families that may need that assistance as well." continues walker

"It's nice to know you're helping the community by accepting donations at concerts" says concert master Elias Sugarman.

It shows that when it comes to giving back, the Yakima youth symphony orchestra does it with much more than music...

Visitors enjoyed some good fall themed music and donated to a good cause. For these young musicians, dressing up in costumes during their concert isn't the only perk of tonight's performance.

The symphony will continue taking donations throughout their season.

The symphony will be performing on December 5th at the Yakima Valley Children's Museum Open House and December 13th at the Capitol Theater.